Senior softball all-stars heading to Texas West tourney
Three teams entered the Section 3-Texas West Tournaments and one moves on to represent Fredericksburg Little League in a Texas West State Tournament.
Senior Softball advances to the Texas West tournament after its lone opponent dropped out of play, leaving Fredericksburg as the Sectional champions.
The all-stars start tournament play against the Texas West-Section 1 champions Friday, July 15, in Abilene.
Junior Softball All-Stars lost an elimination game against Greater Helotes, 3-2, on Monday night, leaving the team one run short of beating last year’s Little League Softball Tournament champions.
Intermediate Baseball All-Stars lost twice in its sectional tournament to end its season.
Junior Softball All-Stars
After Fredericksburg’s Ashlyn Weinheimer shut out the Devine All Stars, 13-0, in game one last Wednesday, the Fredericksburg All-Stars went on to face the 2016 Little League World Champions in Game 2 of the Texas Section 3 Junior Softball tournament last Friday.
Ella Weinheimer handled the ball in the circle for Fredericksburg, scattering nine hits and giving up three runs (three earned) during her seven innings against the reigning world champions.
Kamryn Robinson caught a fantastic game behind the plate, according to coach Paige Findley, and belted out three hits in her four plate appearances.
Ashlyn Weinheimer and Riley Cook collected two hits of their own, contributing to Fredericksburg’s 7-3 win, sending Greater Helotes to the loser’s bracket.
Helotes defeated Eagle Pass on Saturday, returning them to the first championship game and rematch against Fredericksburg.
Facing elimination, Helotes scored three unearned runs in the first inning against Fredericksburg, setting the tone for the remainder of the evening.
Fredericksburg went on to lose to Greater Helotes by a score of 8-3, forcing a second championship game Monday evening, with the winner moving on to the Texas West State Softball Tournament in Abilene.
Monday’s game included two full-speed collisions and an ambulance exit for Helotes’ center fielder.
After three scoreless innings, starting pitcher Ella Weinheimer led off the fourth inning with a single to center.
Two consecutive bunt singles later, the bases were loaded for shortstop Olivia Findley.
On a 0-2 count, Findley picked up an RBI when she was hit by a pitch, scoring Fredericksburg’s first run.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Helotes scored on a double to left center by pitcher Anika Lotterio.
In the top of the sixth, Fredericksburg’s center fielder Avery Holland led off with a walk after battling the count full.
Emily Luna checked into the game as a special pinch runner for Holland, stealing second, advancing to third on a passed ball and scoring on a single by Madison Dorrow, whose RBI gave Fredericksburg a 2-1 lead the team kept into the bottom of the seventh.
Leadoff batter Dynasty Harpel hit a single to center before being forced out at second on a fielder’s choice.
With one out, Helotes loaded the bases on a walk and a line-drive infield single off the tip of Fredericksburg third baseman Dez Hanson’s outstretched glove.
The very next pitch got away from Robinson, allowing the tying run to come across the plate for Helotes.
With one out and runners at second and third, Helotes catcher Sabrina Graff hit a fly ball to center.
Holland made the catch for the second out but was not able to relay the ball into home before Litterio scored Helotes’ winning run.
“That game was epic,” said Fredericksburg coach Duane Weinheimer, “including four collisions, an outfielder taken to the ER by an ambulance in center field, terrific defense, pinch running, base stealing, balls dropping, umpires colliding with players in pursuit of fly balls ... and the game came down to two outs in the bottom of the last inning.”
Kamryn Robinson, Olivia Findley, Ashlyn Weinheimer, Ella Weinheimer, Avery Holland, Madison Dorrow, Riley Cook, Dez Hanson., Kamryn Wenzel and Emma Shepard played for the Junior All-Stars.
Paige Findley, Duane Weinheimer and Kip Weinheimer coached the girls this year.
Intermediate Baseball All-Stars
Fredericksburg Intermediate All-Stars’ season came to an end at the Section 3-Texas West Tournament over the weekend.
The team opened the tournament on Thursday night against Greater Helotes and lost 17-5.
Javi Rodriguez was 2-3 with 2 RBIs, Logan Love was 1-3 with 1 RBI and Kaleb Torres went 1-1 with 1 RBI. “We made 14 errors tonight,” Coach Lance Love said. “It’s impossible to compete against a good team when you make that many mistakes.”
The All-Stars then played San Antonio Five Diamonds on Friday night in a game that went into extra innings.
Mason Reeh, Blaine Edwards, Cuatro Rodriguez and Javi Rodriguez combined to pitch eight strong innings.
The team rallied from a deficit of 4-1 in the fifth inning to tie the game at 4-4, with the big hit coming from Sam Barron, a two RBI double with two outs in the inning.
Then, trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, they loaded the bases with two outs and Javi Rodriguez scored the game-tying run on a passed ball to send the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth with two outs and Torres on second, Kade Jenschke hit a ball to second base and beat the throw to first.
Torres, who broke from second with the pitch, was able to race all the way around and score the game-winning run, narrowly beating an errant throw to the plate.
Fredericksburg’s opponent on Saturday was again Greater Helotes. They again spotted Helotes an early 6-0 lead thanks to several first-inning errors. However, the defense then tightened up and the offense created multiple run-scoring opportunities and they closed the deficit to 9-8 in the fifth inning.
Barron (2-3, 3 RBI), Mason Reeh (1-4, 1 RBI) and Blaine Edwards (2-4, 1 RBI) led the way on offense.
However, Helotes padded the lead and won the game 14-8, ending the Intermediate All Stars’ season.
“This is a group of young men who showed an incredible amount of character and grit,” Love said. “I am proud of each and every one of them.”
The Intermediate All-Stars were comprised of Sam Barron, Blaine Edwards, Khristian Torres, Mason Reeh, Kaleb Torres, Cuatro Rodriguez, Kade Jenschke, Luke DiCuffa, Logan Love and Javi Rodriguez.
Coaches were Donnie Reeh, Chuck Jenschke and manager Lance Love.